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Newport and vicinity recommendations for NYC foodies

We are driving up from NYC to Newport this labor day weekend and would appreciate your recommendations. Looking for must-go restaurants in the Newport vicinity - perhaps something iconic, unique, or a local institution. Not really going for the most expensive fancy French/New American type restaurant similar to those in NYC. Based on what I've read in these boards, here is my list so far:

-Flo's Clam Shack
-Black Pearl
-Scales and Shells
-Salvation Cafe
-Gary's Handy Lunch
-Ocean Coffee Roasters
-Pour Judgment / Yesterday's for drinks (looking for something like a local brewery or one with a good beer selection or one with a great atmosphere)

We would drive up on Friday and come back Sunday night. So we would have 2 breakfasts/brunches, 2 lunches, and 2-3 dinners (may stop in Mystic for Abbott's or New Haven for Louis Lunch or somewhere else on the way there or on the way back).

We would appreciate your tips/recommendations. Thanks!

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    1. Krystle, I can recommend, with a song in my heart, Gary's, Scales, and the Black Pearl. The first two are cash only. Scales wood grilled anything is usually good. A side of pasta is included. Side salads are small but very nice. Same the veggie kabob. Much of their fish is local from the boats you'll see between the buildings on Thames St. Gary's Handy Lunch is just down the street. Dineresque, and they will know you if you go more than once. I always get the Garden Omelet and it is always too much, Which is remarkable, because I can eat a lot.(Not entirely happy about that statement.) Only breakfast on Sunday. Annie's, on Bellevue, is another choice. And the Pearl is a classic. Their chowder is thick, creamy, and seasoned with dill, I think. The outside patio is nice in summer. We haven't been to Yesterday's for a long time, so I can't comment. I did, however, recently buy a bottle of wine from a Newport wine store with a picture of the Newport Bridge on the label. The name? Great White. Happy Labor Day.

      1. I would choose The Mooring over Black Pearl.

        And yes, it's high end but have lunch (not crazy-expensive) on the terraza of the Spiced Pear....you won't find a prettier view in Newport....you'll feel like a Vanderbilt.

        Lower end still a great view.....the poolside bar at the Hyatt Goat Island, amazing view of the bridge....go at twilight to see it lit up.

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        1. re: JaneRI

          We are considering having brunch at the Castle Hill Inn. How is the view/food/overall feel of the Castle Hill Inn vs. Spiced Pear? Although Spiced Pear seems too pricey for brunch.

          1. re: krystle920

            Castle Hill is just stunning. Great food too. Not cheap but yes, I think Spiced Pear brunch is crazy-exp. You won't be disappointed by any aspect of Castle Hill. The terraza at SP has a bar, you could have a glass of wine there if you wanted to see it.

        2. If you want an romantic oceanside view. There is a restaurant on Ocean drive by the lighthouse, I believe its called the Chateau. Great food and atmosphere. Also in Bowens wharf there is a great restaurant called Twenty-Two Bowens. If you're into Thai, go to the Thai restaurant on thayer st. For a good guiness beer and burgers that won't bust your wallet, Griswold's on Belleview Avenue.

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          1. re: Christine27

            "If you want an romantic oceanside view. There is a restaurant on Ocean drive by the lighthouse, I believe its called the Chateau"

            Christine, where is this place? I've never heard of it but it sounds intriguing!

            1. re: JaneRI

              I think she may be confused. Castle Hill is the only place on the Drive near a lighthouse, in fact I am pretty sure it is the only restaurant on the Drive (unless you count the snack bar at Gooseberry Beach)..

              1. re: Frobisher

                She is correct Castle Hill is part of the Relais & Chateaux properties...if you visit the web site it explains everything . The sign at the entrance of Castle Hill also has Relais & Chateaux on it.

              2. re: JaneRI

                Its on OCean Drive, where you can climb the rocks to the light house.

                1. re: Christine27

                  christine, could you be talking about the Castle Hill Inn?

            2. Asterick's - belgian/french brasserie
              zelda's - best local restaurant IMO
              Everday Gourmet - breakfast
              Scales is "good" but always a zoo on weekends
              Garys is a diner - food is OK but short on Newport charm
              drinks at Chanler or Castle Hill on the lawn. dinner is expensive but drinks are ok

              whatever you do make reservations before you get there or you will not be eating anywhere

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              1. re: tfed

                Castle Hill has a great lunch (I was there 2 wks ago, we both loved our meals), it's a moderately-priced alternative, and you still get that great view and wonderful service.

                Royron, it's almost an hour from downtown Newport to the Back Eddy....while I love their outdoor bar, I wouldn't leave all that Newport has to offer for the Back Eddy, esp not when just on a wkend visit.